Project coordinator Sarah Roberts (left, white shirt) gets feedback from people supported by the ARC at the first interactive session on website accessibility at the Schoharie ARC.
Surveys for the Trails to Tales Website Accessibility Project began Wednesday, October 11 as SALT met with people supported by the Schoharie A.R.C. to discuss how to improve website usability for people with disabilities.
A.R.C. participants and staff members met with Sarah Roberts, project coordinator, to explore trailstotales.org on tablets and answer questions about how to make the site’s design and format more accessible.
Feedback from participants at the A.R.C. is already reshaping how we think about website accessibility. Over the few months SALT will work to make the website accessible for people who use tools like screen readers, speakers, closed captioning, and hands-free technology to navigate the internet.
SALT is also working with web developers at Go Gonzalez to update Trails to Tales to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (W.C.A.G.), an international standard developed by the World Wide Web Consortium to make online content accessible for users of all abilities. In addition, closed captioning is being added to all video and audio clips on the site.
The Website Accessibility Project has been made possible through a $15,000 grant awarded to SALT by The Marjorie Rockwell Fund for the Disabled of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. SALT has also secured funds from the Golub Foundation, Humanities NY and a local anonymous donor as match for the project.
A.R.C. participants Jeff (right) works with A.R.C. staff member Harry (left) surveying the Trails to Tales website on a tablet.